May 28, 2004
WALTHAM, Mass. – Bob DeFelice, the only baseball coach in Bentley College history, has been selected as the 2004 recipient of the Jack Butterfield Award by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association. He'll receive the award Sunday night (May 30) in a pre-game ceremony at Fenway Park when the NEIBA holds its annual college all-star game.
The annual award, presented since 1980 and named after the longtime coach at the University of Maine, is the organization's top honor, and is presented to a coach who exhibits the integrity and dedication to the game that Coach Butterfield displayed.
DeFelice has been Bentley's baseball coach since the program's inception in 1969. The 2004 season marked his 36th at the helm, a tenure only three active Division II coaches can better, and saw him become only the third New England Division II baseball coach to surpass the 500-career win plateau.
DeFelice, who served as the President of the NEIBA from 1991-93, has been inducted into seven Halls of Fame, including both the Bentley and Boston College halls. Bentley's new baseball field, home of the Falcons for the last three years, is named in his honor.
In addition to his baseball duties, DeFelice has served as Bentley's Director of Athletics since 1991.